The Gold Coast, synonymous with sun-kissed beaches and adrenaline-pumping theme parks, is gearing up for an entirely different kind of thrill: laughter. Brace yourselves for the return of GC Laughs Festival, bigger, bolder, and funnier than ever before. Mark your calendars for March 15-23, 2024, because HOTA, Home of the Arts, is about to become the epicentre of comedic chaos.
This year’s festival boasts a whopping 40-act line-up, a veritable smorgasbord of side-splitting talent. From homegrown Aussie heroes to international comedic sensations, expect a riot of absurd stories, cheeky humour, and downright ridiculous skits. It’s a celebration of the chuckle, the guffaw, the full-blown belly laugh – a testament to the Gold Coast’s love for all things mirthful.
Festival Director Josh Armstrong is brimming with excitement. “We’ve been bringing the best of Aussie and international comedy to the Coast for five years now, and each year just keeps getting better,” he says. “We’ve got 37 acts locked in already, with some big surprises still up our sleeves – international headliners, the Gala host, and late-night shows, all to be revealed soon.”
This year’s festival saw over 10,000 comedy enthusiasts descend upon HOTA, and 2024 promises to be even bigger. The early release of the program is a tantalising glimpse of what’s to come, with festival favourites and fresh faces alike ready to tickle your funny bone.
Kicking things off is the crowd-pleasing GC Laughs Comedy Gala on March 15th. Think of it as a box of comedic chocolates – a delightful assortment of surprise acts offering a taste of what’s to come throughout the festival.
Radio legend Tommy Little is back with his razor-sharp wit and wild stories in “Tommy Has a Small Deck.” Brace yourself for an hour of infectious energy and guaranteed stitches.
Saturday, March 16th, sees the return of award-winning comedian Geraldine Hickey and TV personality Dave Hughes with his brand-new show “Fully Furnished.” He Huang and the inimitable Heath Franklin (aka Chopper) also take to the stage, promising an evening of diverse comedic firepower.
Everyone’s favourite online “mum” Mel Buttle makes her GC Laughs festival debut with “Not Here to Put Socks on Centipedes.” Expect relatable observations and hilarious takes on life’s awkward moments, delivered with her signature brand of warmth and wit.
Network 10’s The Project co-host Sam Taunton brings his show “How to Tie a Tie,” a comedic exploration of his lifelong struggle with neckwear and its unfortunate resemblance to a teenager on his way to court.
The ever-deadpan Ray O’Leary, known for his iconic grey suit and side-splitting humour, returns with “Your Laughter Is Only Making Me Stronger.” Prepare for a masterclass in dry wit and observational comedy.
Rising star Felicity Ward, fresh off the Australian version of “The Office,” takes to her home turf for the first time in five years with her show “I’m Exhausting!” Buckle up for an hour of relatable humour and self-deprecating charm.
And for those seeking a dose of international flair, Fern Brady from Scotland brings her brand-new show “I Gave You Milk to Drink” to the stage on March 21st. Get ready for a witty, observational take on life from across the globe.
This is just a taste of the comedic feast that awaits at GC Laughs Festival 2024. With a diverse line-up, a vibrant atmosphere, and the promise of nonstop laughter, it’s an event not to be missed. So, grab your mates, dust off your funny bone, and prepare for two weeks of side-splitting shenanigans on the Gold Coast. Tickets are on sale now, so don’t delay – secure your spot for any of your favourite comedians